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Ben Webster & Associates Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00004RD64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ben Webster's spacious mellow sound could warm the most jaded; his lush sax is almost a prayer of romance and renewal. This is a superb album, booth because of Webster's playing and his hall of fame associates: Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Coleman Hawkins and Budd Johnson (tenor sax), Ray Brown (bass)-- but wait, there's more!--Jo Jones (drums, Les Spann (guitar) and Jimmy Jones (piano). This 1959 date is remastered very well, except for the somewhat muffled sound of the non-Webster saxes.
The Ducal "In a Mellow Tone (20:25)" is quintessential Webster, who opens with his unmistakable regal, luxuriating sound. Although basically a long blues piece, it remains interesting throughout, with exceptional solos by all players.
Roy Eldridge's outstanding trumpet is of almost equal importance here, and his influence on both Dizzy and Miles is clear: The former by his blistering high register attacks, and the latter by his muted, beautifully articulated tones. Webster also shows his versatility, floating us along or tearing into it, almost Texas style. Webster may have a trademark style, but he's fluent in several styles. His "Time After Time" is the best version I've ever heard, slowly embracing each note and using a light touch to hit just the right soulful notes. "Young Bean" has a nice hard bop feeling to it, with an excellent solo by Les Spann, and "Budd Johnson closes the CD with some nice work by Johnson.
I consider this one of the most enjoyable jazz instrumental albums around. Easy for the jazz newcomer, it's also challenging and virtuosic enough for the longtime jazz fan. A CD that can be savored!
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This is truely one of two of the most amazing albums in Jazz. If you are fimiliar with Max Roach, Coleman Halwkins, Ray Brown then you're in for a real treat. This album plays mellow then hot beginning with nearly 20mns of the Duke's "In A Mellowtone" which is nearly blissful. This album will move you in its depth of feeling and is indespensible for anyone who is into Webster.
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I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this album is. There is something special about several of jazz's elder statesmen getting together to jam on a hi-fi recording like this. I don't think any musician from any other era could play with such intensity and emotion as these stalwarts of the Swing Era. To hear three of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time play together is a divine treat. The addition of Roy Eldridge (swing's greatest trumpet man) and jazz's greatest drummer, Mr. Jo Jones, is just too much. The sheer musicianship on this album is astounding. Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge truly inspired each other, and they always played their best when together. Also, the taste of Budd Johnson and the soul of Ben Webster can't be beat. "In A Mellow Tone" is one of the best tracks ever recorded, and there is never a dull moment in this 20+ minute take. Play this album for someone not familiar with jazz, and they will be hooked. That's how good this CD is.
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A musician buddy of mine loaned me his copy of this disc as I had told him how much I liked Coleman Hawkins' stuff, the elegant smoothness of it. During that conversation I got schooled on a variety of sax playing characteristics such as phrasing. It was at that point that I understood just what it was that made me like this more delicate sounding Jazz vs. Bop, Fusion, or any other atonal/uptempo/non-melodic style you can name.

I can safely say this is one album I'll NEVER get tired of listening to. Every time I play it, I like it a little more.

Background music during dinner, maybe to provide a little atmosphere for you and your sweetie when you have some quiet time together... these songs come at you at an easy pace and when they get there, they soothe your tired, weary soul. These days, I find that to be a very welcome kind of music to have at the ready at the end of a long, stressful day.

So the next time you feel like doin' a little slow dancing in your stocking feet in front of the fireplace before going to bed... don't forget to pay a little visit to Soulville first.
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